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Obama Extends Sick Leave to 300K Workers

Labor Day order applies to employees of federal contractors

(Newser) - Showing solidarity with workers on Labor Day, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order today requiring paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors, including 300,000 who currently receive none. The White House wouldn't specify the cost to federal contractors to implement the executive order, which Obama... More »

Why This Could Be Your Best Labor Day in 11 Years

Holiday gas prices are lowest since 2004

(Newser) - Good news, holiday travelers: While you're stuck in Labor Day traffic, you'll be spending less on gas than you have since 2004, the New York Times reports. Yesterday, the national average gas price was $2.42 per gallon. That's nine cents less than last week and more... More »

Oprah Out-Performs One Direction

The Butler is No 1. for 3rd weekend

(Newser) - The combined teen dreamboat power of One Direction was still not enough to topple the mighty O at the Labor Day weekend box office: Oprah's The Butler took the No. 1 position for the third week running, raking in another $20 million. One Direction's eponymous 3D documentary opened... More »

Ticket Sales Nosedive; Possession Still No. 1

Box office revenue plummets

(Newser) - Box office revenue sank to a pitiable low this weekend as the horror flick Possession held the top spot with a mere $9.5 million, says the Hollywood Reporter . Only the anti-Obama doc 2016: Obama's America made waves by breaking $26 million overall and becoming the second-most successful political... More »

Investors, Not Laborers, Are Now the Heroes

EJ Dionne: Today should really be called 'Capital Day'

(Newser) - "Labor Day" is a misnomer, and we're the ones who have made it so, writes EJ Dionne for the Washington Post . Today, and every day in America, we no longer celebrate workers "as the real creators of wealth." We reserve the highest praise for "capital,... More »

Mayor: To Ban GOP From Labor Day Parade, Pay Up

Mayor of Wausau, Wisconsin, tells labor council to reimburse city $2K

(Newser) - The mayor of Wausau, Wis., has told the local labor council that it’ll have to reimburse the city as much as $2,000 if it sticks by its decision to ban Republicans from its Labor Day parade . "This is not a political rally, it’s a parade, for... More »

Wisconsin Town Kicks GOP Out of Labor Day Parade

Labor union council sponsors the annual parade

(Newser) - The recall elections are over, but the labor union fight continues in Wisconsin: One community has barred Republican lawmakers from its annual Labor Day parade, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "Usually they've been in the parade, but it seems like they only want to stand with us one... More »

CNN, Tea Party Express to Host 2012 Debate

Labor Day event adds to crowded GOP debate schedule

(Newser) - America's most prominent Tea Party political action committee will join forces with CNN to host a debate for Republican presidential hopefuls, Politico reports. The Tea Party Express—notable for helping many 2010 candidates achieve victory over "establishment" Republican candidates, only to suffer defeat against Democrats—will co-host the debate,... More »

Why Can't You Wear White After Labor Day?

Time explores the origin of a long-standing faux pas

(Newser) - Everyone knows the style rule that you're not supposed to wear white after Labor Day. But why? The rule’s origins are surprisingly difficult to pin down, writes Laura Fitzpatrick for Time. The most conventional explanation has it as a practical matter: white fabric was cooler than the relatively heavy... More »

Obama Asks Unions for Health-Reform Support

President expresses support for public option in speech to AFL-CIO

(Newser) - President Obama honored the achievements of organized labor today, pointing out that iniatives like the minimum wage and paid vacation “bear the union label,” the AP reports. Speaking at an AFL-CIO meeting in Cincinnati, Obama asked for union support in his push to reform the health care system,... More »

Say Goodbye to a Sad Excuse for a Summer

When even Joe Biden doesn't make us laugh, something's gone wrong

(Newser) - Labor Day traditionally marks the end of summer, and the last day of this exhausting season couldn't come soon enough, writes Joe Queenan in the Wall Street Journal. The weather's been lousy, the movies were mediocre, and Jon and Kate somehow convinced the nation that they mattered. And don't mention... More »

Staycations Rule Labor Day Weekend

Recession prompts many to cut out leisure travel

(Newser) - Many Americans feeling the bite of the recession will forgo a Labor Day getaway this weekend, instead opting for stay-at-home activities, Bloomberg reports. AAA predicts that weekend travel will fall by 13% from last year. “We need to be a little bit more reserved with the times the way... More »

Obama Dials Back Campaigning to Watch Gustav

Supporters received Red Cross donation requests from campaign

(Newser) - Barack Obama curtailed his Labor Day speeches to unions in the Midwest today to keep the focus on the Gulf Coast, asking instead for silent prayer and donations to the Red Cross. Republicans, after scaling back the opening of this week's convention because of Hurricane Gustav, had criticized Obama for... More »

Jerry Lewis Raises Record $64M

Eclipses last year's total by $3 million to help fight Muscular Dystrophy

(Newser) - Comedian Jerry Lewis certainly didn't take the day off: his 42nd Labor Day telethon yesterday pulled in a record $64 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. "We did it. We did it. We can go shopping," enthused the 81-year-old showman after pulling in $3 million more than last... More »

Labor Day Traffic Forecast: Not Quite as Bad

With gas cheaper, 28.9M expected to hit road this weekend

(Newser) - Nearly 29 million people will travel by car during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, AAA reports—slightly fewer than last year, despite lower gas prices. A gallon averages $2.75, down 10 cents from last Labor Day. The overall number of travelers this holiday weekend is expected to go up,... More »

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